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Hello, my name is Caitlin Mach Director of Undergraduate recruitment at University of New Haven. This presentation is for students that have been accepted to the University so that we can go through some of the important next steps in the enrollment process. Now, I know some of you have had a chance to visit our campus, but others of you have not. So regardless of which boat you're in, I invite you to come visit us whether it's for the first time or for a return visit. We do information sessions and campus tours daily throughout the spring semester. But we do have a few exciting special events coming up that I'd like to share with you today. First up is our accepted student day program. Those take place over select weekends throughout February, March and April. We also have our chartered a program where an accepted student can spend the day shadowing a current student from their major. We will also be traveling as an admissions office to a few different states and cities hosting accepted student receptions. So take a look online, see if we will be anywhere near you. And lastly, we have a great virtual option that I want to share with you our financial aid one on once. So many times, families have questions about their cost of attendance. And this way, you can sign up for a virtual meeting to connect with a financial aid counselor to discuss your package one on one with them. But all of our visit opportunities can be found online new haven.edu/visit.
Now of course, the financial aid process is a really important part of that decision making and all of the next steps following from there. So initially, at the time of your admission to the university, you would have received notification about your merit scholarships. So congratulations on being accepted in receiving a merit scholarship. This is kind of step two. So this is determining what kind of need based aid you might be able to qualify for in addition to that merit based scholarship. So the first step to be considered for need based aid is filing the FAFSA. The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. And it is the one form that we need from families in order to get that financial aid process kicked off. So FAFSA should be submitted, you know, sooner than later. Ideally, it's by March 1. But again, the sooner that FAFSA is in, the sooner we can follow up with a financial aid offer for you. And our school code is 001397. So put that at the top of your to do list if you have not yet filed FAFSA. Now, after finally FAFSA and listed University of New Haven as one of the schools to receive that form, you may receive notification from us if you need a few additional documents submitted. So keep an eye on that email. Keep an eye out for any correspondence from our Office of Financial Aid. And they will notify you if anything additional is needed in order to finalize that financial aid offer. But once they have everything they need, our Office of Financial Aid will mail out a letter to your home. And that letter will contain a few things it will contain some information about how to log in and view that financial aid offer online. It'll contain a worksheet to help calculate that cost of attendance. And it'll contain information about what items you've received to help break down that cost of attendance. So think scholarships, loans, grant money, University of New Haven grant money, work, study, etc. So of course, it's a lot to digest understanding that financial aid package, there's a lot of steps to it, there's a lot to understand. So we invite you to connect with us stay in touch and discuss that information as a family in order to move on to the next steps of decision making. But part of that understanding of the financial aid offer has to do with this worksheet. So this worksheet will show students and your families a little bit about the sticker price. So you're looking at the cost of attendance for tuition and fees, you're looking at the cost of attendance for living on campus and having a meal plan in that top section, section A and then Section B down below. That'll actually kind of give you a vehicle to fill in what you've received in that financial aid offer, and essentially do the math. So take that sticker price, that cost of attendance, minus your scholarship and financial aid. And ultimately you will wind up with your balance that needs to be paid out of pocket. And we can talk about a few different ways to pay that balance next. So if you come to the point where you've decided that University of New Haven will be your home for the next four years, you're probably thinking Again, okay, when will bills come out? How do I pay my bill? So just a snippet of information about that bills for students that have made their decision to enroll will be available online during the month of June. And then following that payment for the fall semester will be due mid July. And then if you're thinking, you know, how am I going to pay that balance? What are my options for that, on the right hand side, you will see a few different ways to help cover that balance. Options include a monthly installment plan, the Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan, alternative loans, so maybe through a bank or credit union, and then of course, private scholarship. So as you're in this decision making process right now, one of my biggest pieces of advice to our accepted students is to get out there research private scholarships, and apply, apply apply that scholarship funding will help you no matter which college or university, you wind up choosing. But of course, we hope it's at University of New Haven. So may 1 is typically that national decision day. So it's our enrollment deposit deadline. So by or on May 1, we are looking for students to let us know if they plan on attending with us for the fall. At the time that you've made your decision to enroll, your next step then would be to submit that enrollment commitment deposit. So it's a $500 enrollment commitment fee if you plan to live on campus, or it's a $300 enrollment commitment fee if you plan to be a commuter. So it's important to kind of think about whether you will be living on campus or commuting because that'll go into your, you know, deposit decision. And from there, you know, we are here to support you throughout the next few weeks, next three months. Any questions that you have leading up to decision day, we're here to address those and walk you through any information that will help you to make your decision. But right now, you should have access to your accepted student portal. So this is where you probably saw your admissions decision. This is where right now you can view you know some next steps, you can actually submit that enrollment deposit through that portal, you may see that you can upload additional materials. So things like your final high school transcript if you plan to attend the university, this portal has some helpful information. So I do encourage you to check it out through the spring. And then if and when you make the decision to enroll at University of New Haven, that accepted Student Portal will actually be updated to add a whole new section which is our enrollment roadmap. So this section will only be activated once your deposit is in. But this roadmap contains a lot of the next steps that will be getting you ready for your fall semester at university of New Haven. So think health forms vaccination forms, signing up for an orientation D, your account information for the university, any placement testing to prepare your first semester course schedule, submitting your photo for your student ID card, all those little steps housed in one nice, neat location. So that'll be that enrollment roadmap available through your accepted student portal. And again, this part won't be activated until your deposit has been submitted to the university. But one of the most exciting next steps for an incoming students is attending our SOAR program. So SOAR is our orientation stands for Student Orientation, advising and registration. So you would get to meet your orientation leader, which is an upper class student who can take you through the ins and outs of campus, you receive your first semester course schedule, you get the lay of the land, and probably most exciting you get to meet a lot of your future classmates. So orientation is definitely a big highlight of the time in between making your decision and you're enrolling at the university. But speaking of getting to know your future classmates, we have created a Facebook group and an Instagram so you and other potential future chargers for the class of 2026 can connect right now starting on Facebook or Instagram. This could be a great place to meet maybe a future roommate or meet other students from your perspective major. But overall, the university is on all the different social media platforms so be sure to follow us. And when you do come and visit us next. Any photos any selfies that you take with our Charlie the charger mascot? share those with us online using the hashtag charger visit. But I thank you guys for taking the time to listen to some of the next steps in the process. Just know there are so many different resources to help you through that decision making process. And then ultimately, once you decide on University of New Haven, and you're working on those next steps, we have a office called the Office of new student transition. Their email is posted up on the screen there there are available to assist you and walk you through all those next steps in the process. So, regardless of where you're at in the decision making process, we wish you all the best and please stay in touch with any questions that you have. And we look forward to seeing many of you at charger nation this fall. Congratulations again on your acceptance. Thank you